Monday.com vs Asana vs Trello vs Jira

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As far as Project Management, Reminder Lists and Time Tracking goes, there’s a lot of software out there.

Early in my career (2010, 2011, 2012) I became an expert all the enterprise products Microsoft Project (noooo), Sharepoint (nooooo #2).

Then I tried Mac Apps (2013) Bloop Projects which I loved for its pure simplicity and beautiful design. But they took it away from me #sadface.

Bloop Projects for Mac OS X – Circa 2013

I often found myself getting my best work done when I was in transit – walking to the train station, going for a run, on my lunch break.

And then whenever I produced a really great project plan, I wanted it to look fabulous when I converted it to PDF to share with senior executives at the insurance brand I used to work for.

Then in 2015, I was so frustrated with the lack of easy to use mobile-ready project tracking apps for the iPhone, that I spent six months making my own: Project Express (p.s. links in my posts might make me money).

While I’m absolutely not here to promote my own app (I rarely use it anymore), I do want to talk about my journey to find the best team and task tracking tool.

Things have come a long way, and while I still love my little app and make updates regularly, there’s a whole lot of great software out there to help individuals and teams get stuff done. And now it’s fun.

Getting the right features

Monday.com by far is my favourite.

I spent a bit of time trying different software, because I do a lot of things professionally and personally, working both alone and managing teams. When exploring software-as-a-service, I’ve tried a lot, and been disappointed a lot.

Recently a friend told me how they were using and loving Click Up, so I tried it out, and although it has some really nice features, it made me take the time to think about why I’m so in love with Monday.

Right from the outset, I compared Monday with Asana and Trello. The reason I wanted to try out Asana and Trello, is because these are the apps that all my friends were boasting about. But I was disappointed.

I’ve spent a bit of time looking through all the features, and become familiar with the tools. Monday by far is still my favourite. Back when Monday was called “DaPulse” I definitely wasn’t. But something changed.

They invested a lot in their platform, and they made work fun.

One of the things I love most about Monday is the fact you can tell instantly when you use it, that they’ve designed it to be scalable. All the features you’d expect out of the box are there, built-in. And it has automations too.

For a long time, I continued to wonder if I was missing something – Asana has such a vast amount of integrations I was blown away, thinking they must be the best. Trello has such a big fan base I can’t even convince anyone using Trello to switch – but it’s too bulky and restrictive.

Design

Monday.com in my opinion has the best design.

Design in looks, simplicity, scalability, security.

You know Human Centred Design, where they test the products with actual users and get it right before launch? That’s how they designed it.

It’s not perfect, it took me a short while to comprehend how private boards work vs shareable boards.

But with the right amount of colour splashed throughout, consistent User Interface design, everyday language and customisable fields, I fell instantly in love with Monday. So did my team. Zero training, zero convincing.

But why were my friends still so in love with other tools like ClickUp or even worse Jira (arghhhh~).

Then it dawned on me, different niche have different needs.

What I love about Monday.com is the unified Search Everything feature.
I can find anything, instantly. Just like using Mac OS X Spotlight.

Mac OS X Spotlight – BLAZING FAST SEARCH
Monday.com Search Everything – MAGIC

Verdict

My assessment

Here’s a list of all the things I could find to compare Monday vs Asana. It’s not a complete list and there might be some small corrections.

It’s clear that although Asana has so many external plugins and connectors, that maybe it’s not the best out-of-the-box solution.

With Monday, you pay the monthly rate and you get the features you expect.

Features
asana

Monday.com
Customer support44
24/7 Support
99.9% uptime SLA
Priority support
Self-serve knowledge base
Tailored onboarding
Integrations - Communication425
Clearbit
CloudApp
Copper
Doorbell.io
Ducalis.io
Expiration Reminder
Fancy Hands
Fellow
Flock
Front
Frontosaur
Glip
GotMemo
Helpwise
Hugo
Jitbit Helpdesk
Kore
Lark
Maestro
Mailbird
Mailbutler
Mailchimp
Miro
Missive
Momentum
Newton
Nootiz
Pastel
PMPeople
Polymail
Range
Scriby
ScrumGenius
Slab
Slite
Status Hero
SupportBee
theMoment
Todoist
Twilio
Twist
Uni
Zoho Cliq
Zoho CRM
Zoho Desk
Zoho Mail
Integrations - Connectors131
Claris Connect
Dashworks
IFTTT
Migrator.xyz
Project Buddy
Sendana
Skedpal
Taco
TaskClone
Uniteable
Zapier
Zenefits
Zoho Flow
Integrations - Development364
atSpoke
Automate.io
BitBucket
Bitium
Blockspring Scripts
BugMuncher
CloudWright
Confluence
Fivetran
GitHub
GitLab
IBM App Connect
Integromat
Jira
Juto App Builder
LambdaTest
Marker.io
Moesif
NetCrunch
PagerDuty
Phabricator
Pivotal Tracker
Pleexy
Pro Backup
Rollbar
Sentry
SyncEzy
Templana
TestLodge
Toybox
TrackDuck
tray.io
Unito
Userback
Usersnap
Ybug
zzBots
Integrations - Forms42
Google Forms
JotForm
Paperform
Typeform
Wufoo
Integrations - Popular1922
Adobe Creative Cloud
Asana
Basecamp
Box.com
Campaign Monitor
Dropbox
Evernote
Excel
Freshdesk
Gmail
Google Calendar
Google Drive
HubSpot
LinkedIn
Microsoft Teams
OneDrive
Outlook
Salesforce
Sharepoint
Shopify
Slack
Stripe
SurveyMonkey
Trello
Woocommerce
Zendesk
Zoom
Integrations - Reporting377
Bold BI
Bridge24
Calamari
Clockify
Databox
Eventbrite
Everhour
Facebook ads
Float
Grow
Harvest
HourStack
Hubstaff
Instagantt
Mynnovation
Nave
Outplanr
Pipedrive
Pipeto
PomoDone
Power BI
Screenful
Tableau
TaskBill.io
Tendii
Tick
Time Doctor
Timely
Timeneye
TMetric
Toggl
Track.ly by 500apps
TrackingTime
TSheets
Velocity
Weekdone
WorkingOn
YoCoBoard
zistemo
Pricing tiers33
Enterprise (with quote)
Free tier
Paid tier
Project Management25
Calendar view
Chart view
Kanban view
Map view
Timeline view
Security56
Cross regional backups
Data export & deletion
Google authentication
HIPAA Compliance
Integration Permissions
Single Sign On (Okta, One login, Azure AD, Custom SAML)
SOC 2 Type II Compliance
Two-factor authentication
User Interface66
Admin console
Advanced search
Android App
Brand customisation
Dashboards
Form builder
iOS App
User Management26
Advanced permissions
Audit log
Private boards
SCIM provisioning
Session management
Share with guests
Workflows27
Advanced insights
Advanced reporting
Automations
Custom formulas
Custom tags
Email notifications
Time tracking

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